Decorators may hate me for saying this, but making a sofa your first purchase for your living room is probably a smart move. Let’s face it, it’s probably the most sat on -- and napped-on, lounged-on and kissed-on -- piece of furniture you’ll invest in. So do spend some time picking out a vintage or thrift-store sofa. If you live like I do in a one-bedroom apartment, then you don’t have the luxury of an extra den, a library or, heaven’s help me, a media room!
If you're comfortable with the upholstery already covering a thrift sofa, then you’re ready for step two. How does it feel? Take your shoes off and lounge on your find every way you can, long-wise, sideways and upside down if you want! But make sure to give your potential purchase a long whiff during your try-out mode. Thrift furniture that smells funny will only worsen once you get it out of the musty store. Keep your ears open for any creaks and moans that might emanate from your furniture –possible signs that the frame is disfigured or springs broken.
And finally, know your measurements – of the space you want to fit your sofa in, the doorways, the stairs and any odd bends along the way. One of the biggest disappointment in finding your dream, thrift-store sofa is not being able to fit it through the front door.
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With a tape measure in hand – The Elegant Thrifter -- Always frugal, always fabulous!
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